Due to technological difficulties at home, I am today blogging from the boyfriend’s place, where my hosts include two cats who are easily the most fabulous felines in the Chicagoland area (and, possibly, the world). I’ve never been able to have cats of my own because I’m allergic to them but I recently discovered the miracle of over-the-counter allergy drugs, and all hail to that! I’m a lifelong animal lover and at long last I am able to enjoy cats, who totally captivate and fascinate me.

In honor of the aforementioned kitties, I wanted to make note of this article in Sunday’s New York Times, about the first annual International Cat Video Festival. It took place on Thursday at Minneapolis’ prestigious Walker Art Center and attracted an astonishing 10,000 people! Well, maybe I shouldn’t be so astonished, given the ubiquitous popularity of cats on the internet. Did you know that Keyboard Cat has an agent? I didn’t, until reading this article.

Anyway, the festival inaugurated a Golden Kitty award, voted on by visitors to its website, and the video below, Henri 2, Paw de Deux, is the one that won. Fyi Henri, the eponyomous kitty in the video, has a book of philosophical musings due to be published by Random House in the fall. Ponder that, and also the question of why cats have taken off like crazy as an internet meme, but dogs, not so much? I’ve come to adore cats but I’m still a dog person at heart and I’m puzzled at what seem to be the wild disparities in YouTube etc. representation of the two types of critters.

Without further ado, here’s Henri — feline superstar!

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee